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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lawmakers would return to the Capitol in mid-April to take up any vetoes by Beshear. Bruce Schreiner, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure," 27 Mar. 2020 Roblan, a Coos Bay Democrat, is a co-chair of the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response which is developing proposals for the broader Legislature to take up. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers likely to hold a special session on coronavirus relief next week," 24 Mar. 2020 The 16-system supercomputer, called Summit, looks like a data center and takes up as much space as two tennis courts. Washington Post, "Business Fallout: Supercomputers vs. coronavirus; more masks," 23 Mar. 2020 Hui’s resignation was effective the next day, before the commission could take up Mayor London Breed’s request that Hui be removed for misconduct. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s building chief Tom Hui pulls the plug on himself," 22 Mar. 2020 The Ohio legislature will meet next week to take up a number of issues related to the coronavirus. Kendall Karson, ABC News, "Democrats sue to expand voter access amid spread of coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 In total, 28 days of data can be stored in the app in under 100 kilobytes of space (that's less storage space than a single photo takes up). Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This MIT App Tracks the Spread of Coronavirus While Protecting Your Privacy," 18 Mar. 2020 While most recover in about 14 days, for those who are in the high-risk category, getting better could take up to six weeks. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China reframes coronavirus narrative, touts Xi's accomplishments despite bodies piling up," 16 Mar. 2020 But some questioned the wisdom of continuing the race at all in the light of the rapidly escalating crisis, while seven leading teams, including Team Ineos and Movistar, did not take up their invitations to participate in the world tour race. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Max Schachmann wins 'Race to the Sun' but should it have taken place?," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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